Busted

Busted

Matthew Mitterhoff

Lafayette students charged in connection to drug ring operating in eastern Pennsylvania

Two Lafayette students were charged in a local court this week with selling drugs on campus. The pair were arrested in February in connection to a drug ring run by two graduates of a suburban Philadelphia private school aiming to take over the drug business in high schools and colleges on Pennsylvania’s Main Line.

The two Lafayette students, Christian Euler ‘14 of Villanova, Pa., who is still enrolled at the college, and John Rosemann ‘15, of Weston, Conn., a former student who left the college two weeks ago, were both arraigned in a local court in Montgomery County, Pa., in front of District Judge Kathleen Valentine. According to The Express-Times, Euler was charged with possession with intent to deliver drugs, conspiracy, corrupt organizations employee, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Rosemann was accused of similar charges.

According to NBC10 in Philadelphia, Euler ignored multiple requests from police to appear in court on Monday, but turned himself in to Lower Merion police on Tuesday.

It was not clear if Euler was released on bail, or what the amount of the bail was. Rosemann was released on a $100,000 bail.

Rosemann was also charged on March 12 in Northampton County, Pa., with drug possession with intent to deliver and appeared in court on March 24 in front of District Judge Richard Yetter. He was released on a $25,000 bail.

Both students were arrested in February on drug trafficking charges in connection with Neil Scott, 25, and Timothy Brooks, 18, two former graduates of The Haverford School in Haverford, Pa. According to NBC10, Brooks and Scott had contacted these drug dealers and were planning to monopolize the drug trade in five high schools and three colleges on Pennsylvania’s Main Line, located in eastern and central Pa., mainly in suburbs of Philadelphia.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman, whose office investigated the case, said Brooks and Scott employed “sub-dealers” at Lafayette, Haverford, and Gettysburg Colleges, The Haverford School, Lower Merion High School and Harriton High School in Lower Merion Township, Pa., Conestoga High School in Tredyffrin Township, Pa., and Radnor High School in Radnor, Pa. The nine sub-dealers were tasked with selling one pound of marijuana a week, according to the Hellertown-Lower Saucon Patch. They were also supplied with ecstasy, cocaine, and hash oil, to sell the students of each school.

In searches performed during the investigation of all dealers, authorities found over eight pounds of marijuana, 11 grams of ecstasy, and 23 grams of cocaine. In addition to the drugs, investigators found over $11,000, a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, a .22-caliber AR-15-style rifle, and a .223-caliber AR-15 assault rifle, along with ammunition for the guns.

Northampton County police, according to The Express-Times, found around one ounce of marijuana in Rosemann’s room in South College.

According to The New York Times, Brooks and Scott knew each other through the lacrosse program at The Haverford School, and began selling drugs after returning home from their respective colleges. Scott attended Connecticut College in New London, Conn., and dropped out after a marijuana violation. Brooks, who graduated from Haverford last year, was attending the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va., but returned home after an injury.

President Alison Byerly sent out an email to parents of current Lafayette students, saying that she is troubled by the actions of Euler and Rosemann.

“We are of course deeply distressed at the possibility that our students are involved in this operation, and have cooperated fully with the police investigation,” she wrote in the email. “It is important for you to know that Lafayette has a zero tolerance policy with respect to drug use and possession. Students found responsible through the college conduct system for drug violations, including possession, use, or distribution of any drugs on campus face significant consequences.”

Correction: An earlier version of this article said that a pound of marijuana was found in Rosemann’s room on March 12; it was actually an ounce. It also incorrectly stated that Rosemann and Euler were arraigned in federal court. The article has been changed to reflect these corrections.